Test Preparation

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The Learning Center provides one-on-one tutoring in Math, Reading, and Writing. We also offer homework help and summer  read more

Our Instructors

All Learning Center teachers are licensed to teach by the state. Many also have certifications or licenses for specific read more

SAT Training

We provide test preparation training for SAT and TOFEL, as well as speaking English.

English has become the most important language of international business and commerce. While many students study English and learn the structures of its grammar and vocabulary, speaking English is the key to personal and professional success. ASE instructors will provide daily intensive instruction in Conversational English and applied English using proven methodology, including creative situational role-play and small group exercises that emphasize pronunciation, idiomatic expressions and subtleties of the English language in real world settings. The primary emphasis of the language instruction is on oral acquisition and expression. Other areas to be included: Oral Language, Pronunciation, Writing, and Applied Language Skills.

Oral Language
Verbalized communication is foundational to all other communication including reading and writing. Conversational English is a very important supplement to systematic study of grammar and vocabulary, and incorporates discussions, impromptu presentations and public speaking. It is this piece of instruction that many curriculums lack and which ASE excels.

Confidence in Pronunciation
Students must acquire to the confidence in their own pronunciation and ability to use the language they are learning. It is through the repetition, correction and practice of the spoken word that the refinement and precision of the student’s ability is developed. With success, student confidence improves and the expression, pronunciation and nuance of the spoken word are explored further. Even in a short-term study experience, years of study in grammar and vocabulary are given new meaning as students dramatically improve their ability to speak and accurately express themselves in English.

Clarity and purpose are the twin supports of all successful writing programs. In the ASE curriculum, students will be instructed in the primary advantages of simple expository writing and first and third person narrative. Students will still spend a great deal of time with grammar and vocabulary, but also on the creative voice that is found in idiomatic expressions. Students will learn the power of the written word as it is seen in poetic forms and in the popular slang of journalism and other media. An examination of advertising and mass marketing will be one platform for understanding idioms.

Applied Language Skills
The students using the ASE curriculum will have many opportunities to apply what they have learned in a variety of real world settings. The ASE curriculum has scripted scenarios for students to practice such conversational tasks as ordering a meal in an American restaurant; asking for directions and then trace them on a map, lead a tour group in English at a local museum. These activities will help the students overcome their reluctance to communicating in English with native English speakers.

SAT Prep and TOEFL Prep
Every English speaking American high school student still studies and takes preparation courses for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Performance on this test is a very important part of the university admission process. The SAT tests basic knowledge in math, critical reading and writing skills. Our proven test preparation strategies have lead to increases of hundreds of points for international students.

For many international students, improvements on the SAT score means that they do not need their TOEFL test scores. For those students whose SAT score is not high enough, our ASE instructors are also highly qualified for TOEFL preparation.

ASE Creativity and Critical Reading
If there is one area in which American schools clearly excel it is in the fostering of creativity and critical thinking skills. The American culture is entrepreneurial and innovative because our educational system encourages students to think critically about problems and to devise creative solutions on his/her own.

Our ASE curriculum teaches Chinese students deductive reasoning skills and how to synthesize different pieces of information into solutions for which they might not have originally been intended. There are methods to test for these skills and mechanisms that can develop them in students. Because American Business Culture also reflects this spirit of creativity, ASE examines the American business culture for comparison to Chinese culture. Similarities and differences in the two countries including customs, beliefs, ethics, trends, and even the use of technology including social media, and social habits are all explored.

The ASE Harkness Method
First developed at the elite preparatory school Phillips-Exeter and used at many of the most prestigious secondary schools in the United States, our ASE instructors prepare students by developing them for the social interactivity present in all university classrooms.

The central strategy of our ASE instruction model centers on a proven methodology wherein the students sit around a large table and the discourse is highly interactive in structure. The teacher forces the students to ask and answer questions of each other and to solve problems collegially. Our ASE curriculum is specifically designed to foster independent ingenuity while also enhancing the collectivist spirit of common goals that is a strength of the Chinese system. Our unity approach and Harkness method develops leaders and innovators who feel a responsibility to the team as a whole. Your Chinese students will have opportunities to do the following active learning tasks under the direction of our ASE instructors:

• Organizing, leading

Summarizing, restating or clarifying the text

• Citing specific quotations, passages or pages from the text

• Asking a question about the text

• Commenting on the text, giving an opinion or reaction

• Making a suggestion about text or discussion

• Summarizing discussion up to that point

• Analyzing text or comment or whole discussion

• Reacting to comments

• Answering comments

• Restarting discussions

• Filling in a gap

• Arguing a point

• Asking for new information

• Asking for other comments, reactions

• Comparing to other works

ASE Roundtable